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My Newest Hero: The Teenage Street Pilot

By Min. Melody Bogan

I let out a sigh as I got caught by yet another red light in my feeble efforts to make it to my son’s childcare provider five minutes before 9:00 am.  Have you ever been seemingly caught by every…single…red...light when you really need to get somewhere?

But today was just about to kick it up a notch and I wasn’t prepared for the treat God had in store for me. She stood proud, a slight smirk on her face, eyes canvassing the traffic for any rogue vehicles not adhering to traffic laws, and then arms outstretched at her sides, she bolted into the street, old-fashioned pilot glasses, and cape at the ready. My jaw hit the floor. Who in the world was this BRAVE, eccentric teenage girl moving effortlessly among her teen comrades with such grit and confidence?

I may never know, but I did take note. This beautiful young woman appeared to boldly ‘fly’ in the face of conformity and fitting in. She stood out and it appeared she was 100% comfortable in her own skin.

The world will pull at us to conform to every new trend and ‘cool’ thing. You are unique and wonderful in your own divine design. Can I tell you something that is not a secret at all…uh, yeah…YOU ARE A PECULIAR ONE

1 Peter 2:9 King James Version (KJV) “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;

We are set apart to bring God glory and be a light unto this world. I know this broken place has taught you through hard lessons to tuck your heart far away, but you may encounter one this very day who will need a lifeline. Will you help them; will you try again?

As we pray for hearts that will try again, extend grace and mercy towards one another, please know we’re in this together.

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